It never gets easy.
For most people, losing a beloved dog is like losing a family member.
For pet parents, losing a fur baby is like losing a child. It hurts, and it
often feels like there’s a void that big enough to swallow the sun.
The grief, emptiness and sadness one feels during the loss of a dog
can be profound. Whether it’s a friend or family member dealing with a recent
passing, your job is to be there to support them during the grieving process.
Here’s how to get it done the right way.
5 ways personal growth results from the grief of losing a dog
Dogs form incredible connections with their humans. It’s indescribable how much a dog can love its owner. A dog’s insatiable need to be close to and loved by their human is a mysterious and beautiful thing that’s been observed for centuries.
The depth and strength of a relationship with a dog can be equal to that which occurs in close human relationships. Probably the most heartbreaking truth about this companionship is that in nearly all cases, the dog is going to pass away long before the owner does. Therefore, no matter how much someone loves their dog, a day will likely come when their loss must be dealt with.
Inevitably, every dog owner will need to go through this harsh reality at some point. When man loses his best friend, there is a painful grieving period that could be as long-lasting as that of a human loss. Sadly, society often fails to recognize the sheer impact that the grief that comes from losing a dog is able to create, and many people will have to face this bereavement without much support. The following are five ways in which the grief of losing a dog can lead to personal growth.
A pet is truly your best friend. It doesn’t matter if your pet has wings, paws, or lives in a small tank; as long as you love that little buddy of yours, you know how much it means to you.
I personally know someone who couldn’t eat his food properly after the death of his chameleon; he mourned for more than four days and even after that, it took him almost a month to completely get out of the trauma. To some people it may seem silly, but to anyone who has owned and lost a pet, we can sympathize for how he felt.
Sympathizing with others, even if it’s as simple as reading over positive pet loss quotes, can be a very healing way to deal with the pain of losing a pet.
If you yourself have lost a pet or have a friend who has lost his pet, here are a few quotes that you must read, remember, and share with those who would appreciate it:
1. “He was not ‘bought’, he was ‘adopted’”
This is one of my favorite pet loss quotes. For all those who considered their pets more than mere animals – we bring our pets into our family, they aren’t just store products.
Before we talk about the meaning behind the Rainbow Bridge, here is a look at the poem itself:
The Rainbow Bridge
Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.
When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.
All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.
They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.
Touch, a simple word that we all can understand quickly. Whether it’s the touch of your hand petting your dog or cat’s fur, the brush of your ferret’s whiskers, the wet kiss they would un-expectantly swipe across your face, or the gentle nudge of their nose against your hand. These are just a few of the touch sensory movements that we have experienced with our pets. This gift of touch benefits both our pets and us.
After a long day at work, you come home exhausted and in need of some unwinding. Now is your time to sit, relax and try to regain some peace in your life. Your pet, the happiest living creature in your home has waited all day to see you again. Jumping into your lap, the feel of your pet’s soft fur brings instant comfort. The wet kisses dispel the day’s challenges and their wet cold nose digging into the crook of our neck. You are home and you are loved unconditionally.
Though we tend to take for granted how much we are appreciated and loved by our pets. They show us every day how much they miss us, but yet quite often we forget…